Considerations When Building a Shed on Your Farm


When building a new shed on your farm, it's essential to put in the planning effort so you end up with the right structure. While a shed builder can give expert advice, here are several key considerations to keep in mind.


First, you will need to determine the shed's purpose and what it will contain. If it's destined for machinery, calculate your machinery's exact dimensions so you can build an adequately sized shed.

If you plan a hay shed, consider the machinery you intend to use when stacking the hay bales and ensure the shed is high enough.

When you choose the shed proportions, factor in the projected future growth of your farm. For example, consider how many hay bales you will want to store in five years and build a structure to accommodate them. That way, you can avoid having to replace the shed.

However, bear in mind that it may be possible in the future to extend the length or width of an existing shed, but possibly not its height. So at the very least, ensure the shed height is adequate. Additionally, before the build starts, check the regulations in your area regarding the construction of sheds.

Ventilation and Insulation

Another important consideration for a shed is its ventilation, particularly if it's closed on all sides. Good airflow is vital to preventing the buildup of moisture and condensation, which can cause machinery to corrode. Your shed builder can advise where to place windows and vents to create optimal conditions. 

You also need to assess whether the shed will need insulation. This will create a more comfortable temperature, which will protect machinery. Plus, it will make the shed more functional as a workspace.

Location and Access

The shed's location is another critical consideration. If it's a dairy shed, you might want to locate it where trucks can easily collect the milk, which may be further away from the other farm buildings.

On the other hand, for a machinery shed, your primary concern may be access and how easy it is to move things in and out. Is there uneven terrain that will impede access?


The shed's durability and upkeep requirements are other factors to think about. Steel sheds with thick walls and solid framing are resilient so long as they're protected by galvanising or have other protective coverings. It's crucial that the shed can withstand the elements with little maintenance. A benefit of metal is that it naturally resists pests such as termites. 

For more info, contact a local shed builder


10 July 2023

Blending Antique and Modern Agricultural Equipment: Tips and Ideas

Welcome to my blog. My name is Jenny, and I love to read. Recently, I came across the idea of a man who was running a machinery-free farm. He wasn't from a group that believed in those ideas, but rather, he was a regular person who decided he wanted to farm in completely sustainable ways that didn't waste energy or resources. I am a teacher, and I wanted to research this idea further so I could share it with my students. I read all about using antique farm equipment, and I interviewed several of my relatives about their memories on the farm. Ultimately, a blend of antique and modern equipment seems like the best idea. If you want to explore this concept with me, please read my posts. They are designed to enlighten and interest you.